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Morse tramples Hilltop in first round of playoffs

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"Morse senior Shamar Martin could not be contained in the Tigers’ 42-14 victory over host Hilltop in the San Diego Section Division III first-round game Friday.

Martin rushed for 274 yards and four impressive touchdowns and even made an interception on defense.

“He is such a great weapon,” Morse coach Tracy McNair said of the UCLA commit. “We’re looking to see a performance like that carry on to next week.”

The No. 5-seeded Tigers (7-4) had concerns with an offensive line that has suffered multiple injuries and ineligibility. The less-experienced underclassmen did well to keep the Morse running game on track.

“They were able to step it up and I’m proud of them,” McNair said.

Martin scored on his team’s first two drives on 42- and 86-yard runs, respectively.

The third quarter brought similar results. Martin capped Morse’s opening drive with a 56-yard dash and then a 46-yard carry on the ensuing drive to make it 36-6 with 3:42 left.

“It was good to pick (the effort) up as the game went on,” Martin said. “The (offensive) line blocked well and was able to be successful.”

Hilltop (5-6) struggled offensively, relying on the arm of senior quarterback Joey Castillo heavily. He had his hand in both Lancers touchdowns, a 36-yard pass hauled in by senior receiver Micaiah Faiivae-iuli in the second quarter and a 2-yard run in the fourth. Castillo was 12-for-32 with 177 yards in the game.

Next up for Morse is a road trip to face No. 4 seeded Brawley (8-2) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9.

“We are looking very well,” Martin said. “With another strong week of practice, there is no reason why we shouldn’t win.”

Ramirez is a freelance writer."